Saturday, May 31, 2008
A Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee opinion from Florida opines that a judge may make a financial contribution to defray the expenses of the campaign of a child for student government office at a state university. However, any such contribution must be made anonymously:
The Inquiring Judge states that the contribution would be used solely to defray the costs of the student government candidate’s election effort; nevertheless, the potential exists for the candidate to solicit additional contributions by impermissibly exploiting the Inquiring Judge’s judicial position. Therefore, before contributing financially to the student government candidate’s election effort, the Inquiring Judge must take reasonable steps to ensure that the judge’s identity will not be released. Otherwise, the prestige of the judiciary could be injected into the student government candidate’s fundraising activity.